The old saying that has its roots in the Bible goes that “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger” (Psalm 8:1-2, KJV) — but there is another one that turned into a television show with Art Linkletter and then Bill Cosby.
That one — “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” — may fit this time of year best, especially when it comes to writing letters to Santa.
So it’s hardly a surprise that, when the Bladen Journal put out the call for letters to the jolly ol’ elf, children responded. Most of those letters from the young’uns can be found somewhere in today’s pages.
As the Bladen Journal’s little elves frantically typed each of the letters so that they could then be sent on to Santa in time for Christmas, they would at times just have to stop, chuckle and share the letter with the rest of the typing elves. Often that would lead to comments like “that’s hilarious” or “wow, that’s too cute” or “awwww, that’s so nice” or even “out of the mouths of babes … .”
So why not highlight some of those letters here (typed exactly as we received them)?
This one, from Elizabeth, really touches the heart: “I want the people from the heavens and the earth to meat to gether to meat each other. I will get to see my grate grate grandmother and I will get to see my mother cousins that past away and I will get to to see my uncle that past away like from September to now. I still reamber when he was still here. That is all I want for Christmas.”
In the same vein comes this one from Riley: “I have tried my best to be nice since Thanksgiving. I really hope that nobody has been naughty. What I want for Christmas is my friends, family and me. My whole class went to Pirates Voyage the Christmas Show. During the show we learned what Christmas is all about … we learned that we don’t need any toys. God sent our Christmas present to us. God’s present was his one and only son, Jesus, to save our life. My family has been ready to celebrate Jesus’s birthday and can’t wait.”
In a letter from Sienna, ol’ Mr. Claus is given a litany of items she would like to see under her tree on Christmas morning. The catch is, each item — and there are 10 of them listed — is preceded with the words “All I want …”
Some of the letters are taken to the next level by the young writers, to more of a conversation with Santa.
For instance, there is the letter from Rojelio: “Are you still in the north pole? It’s OK if you busy or not. When you come this Christmas and you look at the table you will see some cookies and milk. If you were not here I bet you come next Christmas. I don’t know what I want just give me what you have for me. I think you on the north pole. Or in the south pole.”
Or this, from Samuel: “It is Christmas. I love Christmas do you. It’s a nice day of freedom. Your reindeer are nice. I wonder how your elves are. I wonder how you are. Are you having a good time. I love presents. I know I am saying a lot. I shuld stop. but Merry Christmas.”
Even though Christmas comes with the special present for children of being off from school, a few still have learning on their mind. In a letter from Cameron: “I want you to bring me some more reading and math games on Christmas day.” And from Mauri: “I want eog practice book for read and eog book for math.”
Some of the very best letters to Santa are the ones where children think of others.
After asking for a few things for himself, Khlalil wrote: “… thank you for being so genoris, kind, and loving. I would like you to help the poor.” Jasmin did the same, asking for some items for herself before adding: “For my mom I would like my mom to get a necklace and a ring. Also for my dad I want him to get a shirt and shoes from Santa. For my other family members I will get them a elv on the shelf.”
Jamae put an interesting twist on a letter to Santa, taking the tact of negotiating with Kris Kringle. After giving him the list of items, the youngster added: “If you bring me those things I will leave you a surprise under the Christmas tree which will be chocolate chip cookies and milk. And if there is any thing else you want to bring me for Christmas that would not be a problem. And there may be a little ginger bread cookies with the chocolate chip cookies. And could you please leave me a note under the Christmas tree telling me what you brung before I open my presents.”
Some children may already have been visited by Santa with some early gifts. Such is the case for Tianna, who wrote: I have been really good this year and I already got 2 early cristmas presents a laptop and wifi. I want only a few more presents for christmas.”
Travel was on the mind of young Shakira, who listed a few items before adding: “… I want a trip to the Bahamas and I want to go to the lights in shalop and to sharlottet to see my cousin and her mom and dad. my mom and aunt will come to. Just those and I won’t bother you anymore.”
And finally …
Little Malaki, who spent the majority of his letter to Santa asking for specific items, as all children do, finished up the letter with perhaps the true meaning of Christmas — which is faith. Malaki wrote, “So Santa, that is all I want for Christmas. I just have to keep hoping. So I will always believe in you Santa. I will always trust you with my heart.”